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[tav-ern] /ˈtæv ərn/
a place where liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises.
a public house for travelers and others; inn.
Origin of tavern
1250-1300; Middle English taverne < Old French < Latin taberna hut, inn, wine shop
Related forms
tavernless, adjective
1. bar; pub. 2. hostelry. See hotel. Unabridged
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  • Hired a team in Sandwich and another in Bayport and got to the tavern about eleven.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We cut a few shines with the girls, and started to the tavern.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • She has been at the tavern a long, long time, though she is so young and so little.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Marco approved of this plan, and they turned the wagon, and rode towards the tavern.

    Forests of Maine Jacob S. Abbott
  • Johnson was probably in every tavern and coffee-house in Fleet Street.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for tavern


a less common word for pub
(US & Eastern Canadian, NZ) a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink
Word Origin
C13: from Old French taverne, from Latin taberna hut
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Word Origin and History for tavern

late 13c., "wine shop," later "public house" (mid-15c.), from Old French taverne (mid-13c.) "shed made of boards, booth, stall," also "tavern, inn," from Latin taberna "shop, inn, tavern," originally "hut, shed," possibly by dissimilation from *traberna, from trabs (genitive trabis) "beam, timber."

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